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During the last Board of Education Meeting of the 2017-18 school year,
members of the school community were recognized for their hard work and
dedication to excellence. Faculty, staff, and community members who went
above and beyond this year were recognized, as well as those who were
retiring, and moving into a new season of life.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni welcomed all in
attendance, and remarked on the special nature of the night, for both
award winners and retirees.
“This night is unique in that it marks the beginning of a new chapter
for some, but also recognizes the passion and dedication that’s been put
into our school system every day,” said Dr. Ianni, “and it gives us an
opportunity to reflect on what we’ve gone through—to really step back
and realize the importance of all we’ve contributed.”
Principals and central administrators congratulated each retiree
individually, recalling special moments throughout their career, and
commended them for all of their hard work.
The retirees are as follows:
Carol Abrams, Oldfield Middle; Valerie Brosnan, District Office; Janice
Cammer, Oldfield Middle; Susan Curasi, Oldfield Middle; Ellen Gillie,
District; Stuart Horowitz, Harborfields High School and Oldfield Middle;
Ilene Kalmar, Washington Drive; Paul Keys, Harborfields High School;
Dake Lerner, District; Aspasia Mally, Harborfields High School; Judith
Russell, Harborfields High School; Kathleen Santomauro, Washington
Drive, and Richard Stanfield, Washington Drive.
Local members of the school community were also recognized by the Board
for going above and beyond to make the Harborfields School District a
“These are all special people who give their best every day to make
Harborfields the way it is,” said Assistant Superintendent for
Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning, “and they deserve
to be recognized for all they do.”
The following were recognized: Tim Russo, Administrator; Joseph Maiello,
Teacher; Jennifer Washington, Teacher; Lynda Abner, Support Staff;
Frank Mondelli, Custodial Staff; Karin Fey, Community Member; Eric
Gerde, Community Member; Kelly Walker, Community Member.
Additionally, Executive Director for Instructional Services Jordan Cox
was recognized for having been selected by Wester Suffolk BOCES Model
Schools program as the 2018 Administrator of the year, and teachers
Augie Rettino and Jennifer Washington were recognized for being selected
by Wester Suffolk BOCES Model Schools for creating a “Books Club for
the 21st Century”, and earning a grant for the school.
Fifth-graders TJL spent time creating goodie bags for Birthday Wishes,
an organization that helps provide the joy of a birthday party for
homeless children, on June 6.
In an effort to make a small difference in the lives of children who
don’t have homes, students from Robyn Weber and Dr. Gervaise Jordan’s
fifth grade classes each brought in something fun to donate to help a
child in need experience the joy of a birthday party. Each item brought
was required to be enough for 24 goodie bags, and each group was made up
of seven students. Within groups, students created an assembly
line-like system, rotating bags around the desk and stuffing one of
every item into each. The students had fun working together for this
cause, and completed the task speedily.
“It’s a great organization that makes it really easy for anyone to get
involved,” said Ms. Weber, “and it’s always important to teach kids how
to give of themselves to others who aren’t as privileged as they are.”